Phased Import Controls

The UK Government has updated the Border Operating Model to outline the final steps of the phased controls to the import process.

The revised timetable for the introduction of controls are as follows:


  • Pre-notification requirements for Products of Animal Origin (POAO), certain animal by-products (ABP), and High Risk Food Not Of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) will not be required until 1 October 2021. Export Health Certificate requirements for POAO and certain ABP will come into force on the same date.

  • Customs import declarations will still be required, but the option to use the deferred declaration scheme, including submitting supplementary declarations up to six months after the goods have been imported, has been extended to 1 January 2022.

  • Safety and Security Declarations for imports will not be required until 1 January 2022.

  • Physical SPS checks for POAO, certain ABP, and HRFNAO will not be required until 1 January 2022. At that point they will take place at Border Control Posts.

  • Physical SPS checks on high risk plants will take place at Border Control Posts, rather than at the place of destination as now, from 1 January 2022.

  • Pre-notification requirements and documentary checks, including phytosanitary certificates will be required for low risk plants and plant products, and will be introduced from 1 January 2022.

  • From March 2022, checks at Border Control Posts will take place on live animals and low risk plants and plant products.

  • The above does not take into consideration imports of controlled goods into GB, these will continue to require full customs declarations at time of shipment.


The final version of the border operating model can be accessed here.